Lingerie Guide

Vintage 1920s bed jacket - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Bed Jacket

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A bed jacket is a short, below bust or waist length jacket specifically intended be worn in bed while sitting up. Worn over the nightgown, the bed jacket can be found in a wide variety of fabrics and treatments. It is most likely derived from 19th combing jackets, and was popular into the early 1960s. Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans/pastperfect2


Vintage boudoir cap early 1900s - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Boudoir Cap

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Boudoir caps were worn in the 19th and early 20th Centuries to protect the coiffure while undergoing the arduous process of dressing or to cover undressed hair. As long hair was bobbed short in the late Teens and 1920s, this was unnecessary due to the shorter hair lengths. Boudoir caps were flattering caps in light colors usually made in a lightweight, slick silk that would not catch on the hair, and were often threaded with



Lingerie Guide : Bra Sizing

Monday, August 05, 2013

Bra Sizing The cup size is determined by this formula: Measure the the chest just below the breasts. Add the measurement of the breast at it’s fullest point. For instance, if a lady measured 38” below the breasts and 42” at the fullest point, she would be a 38 D. Cup Sizes: Up to 1” larger – A cup Up to 2” larger – B cup Up to 3” larger – C cup Up to


1920s bra with busk hook - Courtesy of dorotheaseclosetvintage

Lingerie Guide : Brassiere

Sunday, July 04, 2010

History of the Bra In 2500 BC, Greek woman on the isle of Crete started wearing a garment resembling a bra pushing their bare breasts up and out of their clothing. Then Roman woman squeezed their breasts into a breast band to minimize their busts and Egyptian women painted their breasts. In 1913 Mary Phelps Jacob came up with the idea of a bra-like garment to wear under a gown that was sheer. Taking two


1880s wire & tape Bustle - courtesy pastperfect2

Lingerie Guide : Bustle

Monday, March 12, 2012

During the end of the 1860’s when cage crinolines fell out of favor, half crinolines or “Crinolettes” began to appear. This would start the fashion for the large bustle during the 1870’s. It must be noted however, that most women did not want to give up the airy freedom of having unencumbered legs and were reluctant to give up the full cage crinoline in return for a bustle. It is because of this fact, that


1900 - 1906 Edwardian Camisole    - courtesy artizania

Lingerie Guide : Camisole

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The camisole is a waist length undergarment worn from the early 20th C to present, first under the corset, then later over the bra. Camisoles never buttoned as they would have been worn under the corset. In the later 1910’s and 1920’s, chemises started to be known as camisoles, chemise was considered a bit of an old fashioned word. Occasionally worn today as the only upper body undergarment. Written by Leila Hidic /crinolinegirl & Hollis


1920s silk teddy - Courtesy of

Lingerie Guide : Chemise - Teddy

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The teddy, formerly known as the “Envelope Chemise”, began in the 1920s and was worn next to the skin, replacing the bra and panties, or over the bra like a slip. In its early form it had a very straight cut with a simple button closures at the crotch to define the legs. It developed into a more fitted step-in garment with short legs and a fitted bust line in the 1930s and 1940s. The


Mid 1870's Corset cover with open work embroidery, - Courtesy of artizania

Lingerie Guide : Corset Cover

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The corset cover is a 19th Century washable undergarment that is worn over the corset to protect it from spills and rubbing from the bones of the bodice. The corset cover buttoned center front which distinguishes it from the camisole, which didn’t button as the corset would have pushed the buttons into the skin. Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans


Vintage camp corset - Courtesy of gilo49

Lingerie Guide : Corsets 1920s to Present

Thursday, August 19, 2010

1920s Corsets Perhaps as a reaction to the sobering effects of the austerity measures and casualties of the Great War, women’s fashion began to evolve into simpler lines. Looser shapes, with a straight though silhouette from shoulder to hem became the norm. Whilst the new fashion allowed more freedom of movement, it would also require a new style of corsetry. The beauty ideal was to have slim hips and thighs and a healthy boyish figure.


1840 Corset with 60 linen stays - Courtesy of

Lingerie Guide : Corsets Early 19th century - Edwardian

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Early 19th century corsetry, 1800 – 1840 Early 19th century corsets (or stays as they were known as during this period) were long, soft and had a more natural shape. These long soft corsets reflected the fashion of the era for long flowing, very high waisted dresses made out of diaphanous materials such as fine muslins and silks. Stays were made of sateen, cotton, silk or linen and contained minimal boning. The support was achieved


Vintage 1950s  tulle crinoline - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Crinoline - Petticoat

Thursday, August 05, 2010

As a reaction against the slim, high waisted styles of the early Regency era, 1830’s waistlines began to drop to a more natural level and skirts began to grow wider. A horsehair crinoline or corded linen petticoat was needed to achieve this full skirt look and by the 1840’s, multiple layers of corded linen or horsehair petticoats called crinolines were worn. About 4-6 depending on the fullness required and the weather, were required to acquire


Edwardian silk dressing gown  - Courtesy of anothertimevintageappearal

Lingerie Guide : Dressing Gown - Negligee - Peignoir

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dressing Gown: A robe worn in the bedroom or dressing room literally before or while dressing. Always a long sleeved and ankle garment, often in the wrap style with sash, although it has been seen with a button front. The style often is derived from the men’s robe style, with shawl collar, cuffs and tie belt. Over time, they were made in heavier fabrics suitable for general at home wear. The lines tend to follow


Vintage Bestform garter belt - Courtesy of gilo49

Lingerie Guide : Garter Belt

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Working on the same principle as corset suspenders, the garter belt, ( also known as a suspender belt) is worn instead of the girdle for those who do not wish support, and replaced the roll garter. Worn from the 1880s to the present. Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans/


Vintage Sarong zip panty girdle - Courtesy of gilo49

Lingerie Guide : Girdle

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Girdles: the 20th century descendant of the corset, beginning in the 1920s. Girdles have progressed from boned, open-end, control garments of coutil, to lightweight elastic roll-ons, with or without legs. One distinguishing feature is that the girdle confines the body below the waist. Their function was to both smooth and control the body and hold up stockings through attached garters/suspenders. Their heyday was the 1930s – 1950s. As the looser, freer fashions of the 1960s


Vintage 1930s reversible silk robe  - Courtesy of poppys vintage clothing on ruby lane

Lingerie Guide : Hostess Gown - Housecoat - Robe

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hostess Gown: From the 1930s – 1970s, a dressy full length garment for entertaining, but not as formal as evening wear. Other than the full length, the lines followed current fashion. Housecoat: Covers a variety of garments. Originally a dressy, yet comfortable coat worn around the house. Often buttoning or zipping at the front. Later in the 20th C, a more utilitarian front closing shift with pockets and either long or short sleeve worn at


Appliqué and embroidery on silk - Courtesy of dancingdresses

Lingerie Guide : Lingerie Fabric and Lace Treatments

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Fabric and Lace Treatments Applique: A method of overlaying fabric or lace onto fabric in a decorative manner, usually with a satin stitch edge. Chantilly Lace: A lace commonly used in vintage lingerie. Threads or cords outline the flowers of the lace. The background is a fine net. Crystal Pleating: A pleating treatment found on lingerie. This is called either Crystal Pleating, Crimp Pleating, or Perma Pleating. Embroidery: To add detail and ornamentation to fabric


Vintage early 1900s set - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Lingerie Sets

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lingerie sets have been popular since the 19th Century, first in the form of matching trousseau sets. The trousseau sets were usually a camisole or chemise with drawers and petticoat. The sets went on to be in the form of combination bra, slip and panties sets. Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild


Vintage 1950s men's pajamas pattern - Courtesy of vivianbelle1955

Lingerie Guide : Men's Pajamas

Friday, March 01, 2013

The evolution of men’s pajamas has been influenced by world events, science and popular trends. It was in the late 19th century while Britain was building its Empire that British Colonist discovered the light weight, loose fitting traditional Eastern garment to be perfect for sleeping. But movement of this trend to the United States was slow. The early 20th Century found the nightshirt still standard sleepwear for men with the pajama being seen as a


Vintage Grandtex Ribbed undershirt - Courtesy of gilo49

Lingerie Guide : Men's Underwear

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Men were wearing manufactured “under drawers” made of flannel by the 1830’s. Union Suits were first patented in 1868 for women as an alternative to constricting garments. This was part of the 19th century US clothing reform efforts and was billed as “emancipation union under flannel.” Union suits then became popular among men as well. C. F. Bennett of the Chicago sporting goods company, Sharp & Smith, invented the jockstrap in 1874. It was originally


Vintage 1930s Barbizon satin nightgown - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Nightgowns

Friday, October 01, 2010

A nightgown is worn for sleeping, varying in length from a baby doll with matching panties to a full length gown. Over their history, nightgowns have been made in almost any fabric, including cotton, silk, linen, rayon , wool and nylon. Styles vary from the figure encompassing high collared, long sleeved and ankle length cotton and linen nightgowns of the 19th Century, to sleeveless batiste and silk shifts of the Teens and 1920s. Up to


Vintage rayon thigh highs - Courtesy of gilo49

Lingerie Guide : Nylons - Pantyhose - Stockings - Tights

Friday, March 01, 2013

Ladies of the 1890s bought stockings of cotton, wool, silk, ballbriggin, Merino and cashmere. Some were fleece lined. In the early 1900s, they wore fancier stockings. Stockings were lace, had stripes, polka dots, embroidery, ribbed lisle thread (used until the 1940’s) and were made of wool and cotton. They came in “Opera Length” which were extra long. The 1920s brought stockings with patterns. Embroidery snaked around the ankles and up to the knees. Flesh and


Vintage 1930s ladies silk pajama set - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Pajamas

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Pajamas originated in India. Consisting of a jacket and trousers in soft cotton, silk or rayon worn for men’s sleepwear from the 1900s. Beach and lounging pajamas for women , often distinguished by very wide pant legs , came into vogue in the 1920s and 1930s. They were the precursor to modern slacks. They begin being worn as women’s sleepwear in the 1920s. In Italy in the 1960s, very full legged pajamas were worn in


1930s rayon with lace tap pants - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Panties

Thursday, August 05, 2010

During the 19th C, drawers developed from the long full length undergarment that could be seen at the hem of the dress into a knee length loose knicker like undergarment, closed at the center back or at both the front and back of the waist. They came in both open girth and closed girth variety, with the open considered more convenient and sanitary. These were usually cotton or linen with trimmings found at the hems


Vintage Daniel Green slippers - Courtesy of denisebrain

Lingerie Guide : Slippers

Monday, August 05, 2013

A slipper is a shoe that is worn indoors. Typically soft, made for comfort and lounging. Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild


Vintage 1920s silk slip - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Lingerie Guide : Slips

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Slips, the successor to the Edwardian princess line petticoat and the chemise. From the late teens to early 1920s, the slip is a lightweight undergarment worn over the foundation garment or bra and panties and seen in silk, cotton, rayon, nylon, and tricot. The slip is usually made with narrow straps and covering the body from the bust to the fashionable hem length and was often made taffeta or satin and in matching colors for


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